December 4, 2009, Newsletter Issue #269: Ho! Ho! Ho! It's Christmas Shopping We Must Go...

Tip of the Week

With only 21 days until Christmas, holiday planning and preparation is at an all time high.  If you are hosting, attending or participating in some way with any holiday events, it is important that you keep all details finely tuned and organized for each event.  Without a doubt, planning food items, buying gifts, and making sure that everything and everyone is ready for each event can be overwhelming for even the most organized individual.  


Step 1:


Take heed that the advice I offer is practical and easy to do for even the busiest socialite; what may seem overly simplistic, will actually be a lifesaver in the busy days ahead.  Take a calendar for the month of December and photocopy it, creating seperate calendar on a single 8 1/2 X 11 sheet of paper. 


Step 2:


Write each holiday committment on the specific date of the event.  Use different colors of ink for each event if you have more than one event per day.  If necessary, draw a solid line across the calendar date to create a seperate box for each event.


Step 3:


On the back of your December Calendar/Holiday Schedule create a set of boxes, one for each event that you are attending. 


Step 4:


In each box, write the date and the name of the event across the top, below list the gifts, food and any other items that you need to bring with you to the festivities.  If necessary, list the items that need to be purchased for the event; hostess gifts, Christmas gifts,  menu items for foods you are preparing and anything else that you must have on the special day.


Step 5:


After you have attended each event, cross of the box from your Holiday Schedule and move to the preparations necessary for the following event.  If you have prepared for events early in the month, use a highlighter to identify those items which are already completed ahead of time, helping to focus your time and energy only on completing outstanding tasks.


Good Luck and Happy Planning for the Upcoming Holidays.

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